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Old 12-21-2009, 06:32 PM
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Bummer on the back pain man, I def can relate. I know how hard it is to lay off thinkgs that will stress the lower back. I really wish I could do heavy deads again as well as squats to pack on some more size. Does ibuprofen help?
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I have to take 2000mg (10 pills) to have any effect whatsoever- and even then it's not great.

The doc gave me Codeine a while back, and I save it for the really bad days or the plane rides (popped one for this morning's plane ride and it took the edge off).

curiously, I just went for a run and my SI joint doesn't hurt at all.
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:23 PM
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Dang that's an insane amount. I got a script for it, and take when I feel a little pull. The pills are 800 mg, which is helpful in that I don't have to pop as many pills. I have been researching all sortsa things for relief, other than surgery, b/c I just feel this isn't gonna go away....
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Like what? I'm thinking of trying accupuncture... just for *****s and giggles.
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Well I'm lying in bed right now with my blackberry. Love this thing- I'm officially a crackberry addict

Anyway, happy new year everyone. I wish you all the most success with your goals.

My new year's resolution is to try to enjoy life more. And to exhaust all of my non-surgucal options for my back including more PT, accupuncture, yoga, or some crazy shaman head-shrinking thing... Hah.

It's 10 degrees and has been snowing for the past 48 hours, and is supposed to snow until Wednesday. Daaaaaaaaaaammmn!
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Not a ton to report. Back at work. Pretty lame vacation... I worked a lot from home, actually, and went into work New Year's eve, New Year's day, and the 2nd as well.

Anyway, back to the normal grind... normal gym schedule.

Over vacation I hadn't really avoided cardio, but I was at a foreign gym for 8 days so I just stuck to lifting followed by 15-30 minutes of light/medium cardio.

To my surprise, after I re-regulated my sub-cutaneous water levels, I was still at 196lbs... no visible changes in fat. I think my traps, bis, and tris are getting better because I've been focusing on them. I always thought they were too big but I saw a guy recently who had an amazingly proportional body, and his arms were bigger than mine... so I decided to just go for it.
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Update:

Been doing my normal thing. Not really making any specific progressions. I think I've relegated myself to training for functional purposes and aesthetic achievements, not necessarily goals of any kind.

My back has been such a nuisance that I don't have the drive to do any hardcore training.

I'm trying to make all of my improvements via diet.
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Went to physical therapist yesterday who specializes in hip and lumbar injuries. He sounded like he knew exactly what was wrong.

He said it's just an instability of the joint...

I am kind of torn on physical therapy- I totally think it's great for rehabilitation... but when he says he can cure a back problem with just a few simple stretches and strengthening exercises, I am hesitant-- especially when I work out every single day. I understand there are smaller stabilization muscles that don't get worked with the big muscles, but I have been doing core stabilization workouts for a while so I figure I'd have hit those smaller muscles by now.

Regardless, I am 100% committed to giving this guy's treatment a try. He admits it's a sacroiliac joint issue, so the goal is to strengthen and stretch the support muscles around the joint.

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Update:
Went to see him for a follow-up last week. He gave me another 4 exercises to do in addition to those. He says that it will take a bit of time because I've had this issue for over 2 years. The change will be slow, but he promises that this will help.

I actually, for the first time ever, believe him... it just makes sense, out of all the information that I've learned about the human body and about the joint/musculature of that area- his idea makes sense.

Update on my workouts: Still about the same as where I was a month ago. Working on increasing my bench/chest strength and shoulder strength. I've given up some evening workouts in exchange for relaxation.

Rock on.
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The last 2 weekends I've been given the "go-ahead" to do squats. Yeah baby.

I was actually surprised at my leg strength, given the fact that I hadn't done squats in over 6 months:
2 Weekends Ago:
135x10
135x10
185x8
185x8
225x5

This past weeked:
135x10
185x10
185x10
225x5
245x2

yessssss I love me a sore BUTT!
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